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Lorde Reveals That Her New Album Is Probably Coming Next Year

Many people regard their teenage years as the most nightmarish, confused portion in their lives. Lorde couldn’t disagree more. “All my life I’ve been obsessed with adolescence, drunk on it,” she wrote in a Facebook note last night. “Even when I was little, I knew that teenagers sparkled. I knew they knew something children didn’t know, and adults ended up forgetting.”

The purpose of the essay, though, is to tell us she’s moved past being queen of the teens. It was the New Zealand-born singer/songwriter’s birthday yesterday, and she celebrated it with the announcement of a return to public life, and some new music along with it.

She speaks to her year out of the spotlight: “I haven’t had my hair or makeup done in a year, the free handbags dried up LONG ago, and the paparazzi at the airport are almost always for someone else.” She describes the time as “colossal,” and the experience of moving to a big, wonderful city on her own, which conjures strains of her good friend Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York.”

But it looks like Lorde is preparing to gift us with an album full of her own “Welcome to New York”s. “I wrote a record about it, all of it, so much more than what I’ve written down here, and I’m in new york getting it done,” she said. She offered only vague hints, not further details:

“I want nothing more than to spill my guts RIGHT NOW about the whole thing – I want you to see the album cover, pore over the lyrics (the best I’ve written in my life), touch the merch, experience the live show. I can hardly stop myself from typing out the name. I just need to keep working a while longer to make it as good as it can be. You’ll have to hold on. The big day is not tomorrow, or even next month realistically, but soon. I know you understand.”

The merch is ready already? Are we looking at new Lorde in January or February? It seems quite likely. “The party is about to start. I am about to show you the new world,” the note concludes. To quote Lorde, “(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) (*insert that emoji that looks like it’s eating its own face with worry, and also the one with sunglasses, and maybe also the poo*).” We’re ready.

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